Tag Archives: democracy

  1. Why a #citizensassembly might be the best way out of this #Brexit crisis

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    June 2, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    A citizens assembly on Brexit could provide a way out of the current crisis by bringing people together to recommend …
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  2. What if the EU made laws we didn’t like?

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    September 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It might surprise you that a speech by committed socialist Tony Benn was once identified by Conservative firebrand Norman Tebbit …
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  3. Why Parliament must have a say on Article 50 and Brexit

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    November 5, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    It is no surprise that even though Steven Phillips voted for Brexit, he has resigned as an MP as a …
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  4. The vote to leave was NOT a vote for a points-based immigration system

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    September 6, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    So the first Brexit battle-line is drawn. Theresa May has ‘ruled-out’ an Australian style points system for immigration as a …
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  5. Why the new Prime Minister should call a General Election immediately

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you thought we were done with major political decisions until 2020, you’ve got another think coming. Whoever the Tories …
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  6. Why #Brexit was always coming

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    June 25, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    In May 1945 Winston Churchill stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace receiving bigger cheers for his part in winning …
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  7. Perhaps now is the time to value our politicians #JoCox

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    June 16, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    To anyone who thinks that politicians are all the same, I give you Jo Cox. To anyone who thinks that …
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  8. Why new participants in politics need to listen more.

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    September 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Speaking this week to the Press Gazette, Ian Hislop, the editor of satirical magazine Private Eye and star of BBC’s …
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  9. The furore over Jeremy Corbyn not singing the National Anthem is illiberal bullying

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    September 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Is it just me who is concerned about the dangerously illiberal reaction to Jeremy Corbyn not singing the national anthem …
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  10. A government imposing austerity backed by 24% of the electorate is a legitimate as 250,000 people marching against it

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    June 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       Last weekend (20th June) there was an anti-austerity march in Central London. It was reported variously that 250,000 people …
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  11. The Greek government is learning what happens when you treat the public like children

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    May 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Good news, I have just received a mandate from my loyal subjects not to pay back my mortgage. In the …
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  12. Salmond’s honesty gives us a tantalising view into post-election chaos

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    March 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In these days of people complaining that politicians don’t give a straight answer to questions, it has been refreshing to …
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  13. An explanation of the election debate fudge…sorry, compromise, reached

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    March 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So finally an agreement has been reached between the political parties and the broadcasters on how the televised “debates” will …
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  14. Government response to Jihadi John another example of how ‘hard cases make bad law’

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    March 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Often, we are faced with an extreme situation that leads to the cry that “something must be done.” Governments, or …
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  15. Obamacare and putting principle before politics.

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    February 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There was a fascinating story told by David Axelrod, who was a Senior staffer in the Barack Obama White House …
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  16. Can you campaign against fuel poverty AND oppose fracking at the same time?

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    February 5, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Last week, MPs voted overwhelmingly against a bid to have all fracking suspended. However, this was not without controversy. Tessa …
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  17. “Je Suis Charlie” – we have the right to FEEL offended but we don’t have the right not to BE offended

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    February 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve been thinking, and reading, since January 7th, about free speech. Should it really be unlimited? What does ‘offensive’ mean? …
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  18. UK Party leader debates….it’s just not how our democracy works

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    January 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    That the Party leader debates should happen seems to be obvious to everyone. But a closer look at what they …
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  19. I wear a poppy to commemorate the deaths of those who fought so some people could choose NOT to wear one

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    November 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Every year I find myself having to explain to people why I believe that Remembrance Sunday is a day for pacifists, …
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  20. Russell Brand…irresponsible revolutionary?

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    October 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have always been rather wary of people who wait until they become multi-millionaires before they start complaining about inequality. …
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  21. Why is Devo Max being offered by the No campaign without consulting the British people?

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    September 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    14 years ago I was sitting in a sales meeting at my old IT consultancy. We were attempting to persuade …
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  22. A written constitution – Would an independent Scotland close the democratic deficit

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    September 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Uk is one of the only countries in the world without a written, codified constitution. The UK’s constitution, as …
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  23. Salmond decides the referendum is now on currency union, not just independence

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    August 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    By far the wierdest portion of the Scottish Independence campaign last night was when Alex Salmond decided to unilaterally remodel …
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  24. Why we should have a free vote on whether to repeal the fox hunting ban

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    August 19, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    This week, Barney White-Spunner, the Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, threatened David Cameron with the withdrawal of helpers in the …
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  25. Victim impact statements – no place in a democracy except for rehabilitation

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    August 11, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    There is a reason that victims are not allowed to be the judge or the jury. Take me for instance, …
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  26. ‘Slippery slopes’ – the ultimate red herring.

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    July 19, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    An actual slippery slope is a muddy hillside, where one small, apparently safe step can lead to a slide to …
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  27. A “No” vote will leave the West Lothian question unanswered

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    July 17, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    When the “No” campaign aren’t spending their time pointing out the actual consequences of the Scots voting for independence (called …
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  28. Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill – ‘Then they came for me…..’

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    July 13, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Not being a fan of censorship of any form, my thoughts when I heard about the fast-tracking of the Data …
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  29. The assisted dying debate shouldn’t be driven by the unelected

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    July 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Here’s an interesting comment on how our democracy today works. See if you can spot the problem with this picture. …
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  30. The “Right to be Forgotten” – the implementation devil rears its head

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    July 4, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

      When the European Court of Justice (ECJ) made its “Right to be Forgotten judgement” back in May I warned …
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  31. If you think nothing was gained from invading Iraq, remember the purple finger

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    June 25, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ll never forget the minute Moussa (not his real name) walked into my classroom with a smile on his face …
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  32. Buying water cannon to stifle protest – not in my name

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    June 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I yield to very few in my belief in freedom of speech the importance of protest as a major aspect …
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